Ready mix drivers win big
in 9th Circuit Court

On October 10, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 219 into law, providing that all ready mix drivers in the state who deliver to publicly funded jobs would be entitled to prevailing wages for that work.

For decades, our signatory ready mix companies had pleaded with the union to “level the playing field,” which meant they wanted us to organize non-union ready mix companies to reduce the gap in wages and benefits between union and non-union employers. The passage of AB 219 did just that. However, instead of being happy, union and non-union contractors alike challenged the law. After losing each case, the employers’ final challenge (hopefully) was argued before a three-judge panel at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena on March 7, 2018.

In September, the judges ruled 3-0 against the employers’ arguments. As lawyer Scott A. Kronland said, “It was a complete win.”

This overwhelming victory was realized because of all the people who fought for it. Special recognition to our advocate Barry Broad; Cesar Diaz and Robbie Hunter from the State Building and Construction Trades Council; Assembly Member Tom Daly; Joint Council 7 Political Director Doug Bloch; and everybody who lobbied with us..

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